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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Technical Tuesday Funny Bone

Technical Tuesday Funny Bone

A student once asked me what the “funny bone” is and why has that name.  Here we go. 

The funny bone isn’t a bone at all, instead, it involves the ulnar nerve, which runs from the neck to the hand. As this nerve passes the elbow it run through an area call the cubital tunnel. In this area the ulnar nerve is protected only by skin and fat (instead of bones and ligaments), so it is more vulnerable to being bumped. When it is bumped, you feel the nerve press against bone. Ouch! No wonder it hurts!

How did it come to be called the funny bone when it isn’t even a bone (and hitting it is anything but funny)? There is some debate here. Some say it is a pun – because the nerve runs along the humerus bone (humorous); and some say it is simply because of the “funny” pain you feel when you hit it.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:
Ballet Secret #95m:
The “funny bone” is the part of the elbow over which the ulnar nerve passes.”

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